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Dima Wannous studied French Literature at Damascus University and the Sorbonne. She has a diploma in translation from the University of Leon, France, and from 2003 to 2006 worked as a translator and Radio Damascus French news announcer. Also, since 2003 she has written on politics and culture for Assafir, al-Akhbar and Al-Hayat newspapers.
She published her debut short story collection Tafasil [Details] in 2007 (Dar al-Mada, Damascus), which caught the eye of literary critics. Her debut novel (The Chair) came out in 2008. In 2009, she was selected as one of the Hay Festival’s Beirut39 group, the 39 best Arab writers below the age of 40.
An excerpt of her latest novel Al khaifoun (The Frightened), is published in Banipal 57 – Syria in the Heart, translated especially for the issue by Julia Ihnatowicz. The novel's protagonist fears fear itself, the novel taking on that very question – “the very fear of fear”that “has permeated the souls of most Syrians for many decades”. The novel has been shortlisted for the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.